By COLlive reporter
When a single from his new album was leaked last year to the public, Jewish music superstar Avraham Fried was beyond furious.
“I am shocked that a song, on which studio work hasn’t been concluded, was released without my knowledge and without my permission,” he was quoted as saying.
Being before the High Holidays of 5776, Fried added: “I suggest to whoever released it without my knowledge to ask for forgiveness before Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.”
Imagine how the Brooklyn native is now feeling after his entire new album titled “Bring The House Down” was leaked even before its official release.
On Monday morning, Fried posted an audio clip of the song “Itcha Ani” on Facebook accompanied by a cover of his new album.
“Here’s a new song from my new cd,” he wrote. “Turn up the volume and let’s get ready to receive the Torah with singing and dancing.”
The album itself features 14 tracks: Ithcha Ani, Bring The House Down, Otzar Shel Yiras Shomayim, Tateh Only You, Shaaraei D’mo’os, Kaparah, Playing With Fire, Kshoshanoh, Sameach, U’voisoi Hazman, V’anpoho, Hineni B’yodcho, Haliluhu and Recalculate.
6 of the songs were composed by Fried. Others were composed by Yuval Stupel, Moshe Laufer, Pinky Weber, Ruli Ezrachi, Yitzy Waldner, Naftali Schnitzler, Eli Lishinsky and others.
But one Facebook user named Nachman Leizerovitch notified Fried: “(It’s) just a shame that the entire disk has already arrived 2 days ago to all of us on WhatsApp groups,” referring to chat groups in Israel.
On Monday evening, frum WhatsApp groups with members in New York and elsewhere were sharing the downloadable link from the pirate sharing website Mega.nz.
COLlive.com contacted Fried and the album’s distributor Aderet Music for a response.